Feb-March 2017

  • ENHANCING DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The news that the Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley has given the green signal to the recommendations made by the Committee of Experts set up by the previous Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar is indeed heart warming. Considering that most committee reports continue to gather dust, years after they were submitted to the government, the […]

  • BE DISTINCT
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    ‘Be distinct or extinct’ is a well known adage of modern entrepreneurship. However, this I feel is equally applicable in other walks of life also and is especially true of the armed forces in general and the army in particular. Our role, way of functioning, training, operating, war fighting and the very ethos is so […]

  • SALUTE TO SUBEDAR MALKIAT SINGH, MVC
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The developments in Maldives prompt the credible democracies of the world such as US and India to make use of the emerging space and time to firmly encourage the establishment of democratic process. From the time ex President Nasheed began misusing his leadership and he went wrong. Nascent democratic systems need nurturing particularly when a […]

  • VERSATILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The clamour to obtain their own air assets has increasingly become more strident among the surface forces and there is no gainsaying or guessing as to the reason for this clamour. Ever since the advent of airpower and it’s utilisation in military warfare, it became obvious that victory could only be certain if surface forces […]

  • MALDIVES MELODRAMA
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The developments in Maldives prompt the credible democracies of the world such as US and India to make use of the emerging space and time to firmly encourage the establishment of democratic process. From the time ex President Nasheed began misusing his leadership and he went wrong. Nascent democratic systems need nurturing particularly when a […]

  • THE FINEST CHIEF FOR THE FINEST ARMY
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    Ever since the nomination of the now incumbent Army Chief was announced, there has been widespread discussion and public debate on this issue. It was only as expected and squarely indicative of the importance of the appointment, and the trust and affection in which the people hold their Armed Forces. At the outset, I must […]

  • DEPLETING FIGHTER SQUADRONS A SOURCE OF CONCERN
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    To guard the Indian skies, the Indian Air Force (IAF) currently flies a staggering mix of fast jets which include the Hawk, Mig-21, Mig-27, Mig-29, Jaguar, Mirage 2000, Su-30MKI and Tejas. It will soon be flying the Rafale and is in the process of procuring another lightweight fighter, which could be the Saab Gripen E/F […]

  • DEPLETING SQUADRONS IN AN EXPANDING THREAT MATRIX
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is today operating at its lowest combat strength— and the numbers are expected to dip further in the coming five years. The threat assessment however is indicative of both China and Pakistan ramping up their air capabilities, which necessitates that India be prepared to fight an air war on two […]

  • IS WEAPONISATION OF SPACE INEVITABLE?
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    Space is the ultimate high ground and from the very beginning exploration in the realm was pursued to extract strategic and military advantages by the two superpowers of the time, the US and USSR. Unsurprisingly, both of them also worked on several programmes that developed and tested anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities, aimed at destroying or damaging […]

  • BEAR HUG FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    There is a distinctly visible political flux in the West, Central and South Asian landscape which has the potential of redrawing strategic equations amongst regional as well as global powers. Russia, with its economic and military buoyancy and its underlying desire to rebound as a global power, is at the core of this apparently changing […]